Jane Kean, ‘Honeymooners’ Star, Dead at 90

7th Annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Premiere Of "Tony Curtis: Driven To Stardom"Actress, singer and comedienne, Jane Kean, died last Tuesday,

She died at the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank where she was taken to the hospital after a fall led to a hemorrhagic stroke.

The actress is best remembered for starring with Jackie Gleason in his 1970s revival of “The Honeymooners” and later TV movies. She played Trixie Norton, wife to Art Carney’s Ed Norton.

An accomplished singer, Kean first met Gleason while performing Vaudeville in the 1940s.

Her television credits also include several guest-starring roles on “Dallas,” “General Hospital,” “Dream On,” “Growing Pains” and “Scarecrow and Mrs. King.”

At 16, Kean performed on Broadway in “Early to Bed.” She would then move to Los Angeles where she appeared in several MGM movies and later formed a comedy duo with sister, Betty, during a time when all-female comedy teams were rare.

In 2012, Kean performed a one-woman show, which served as a retrospective of her work.

She is survived by a stepson from her second marriage, Joseph Hecht Jr., and his family, as well as her niece, Deirdre Wolpert, her husband and two children.

Her sister, Betty, died in 1986. Her second husband and manager, Joe Hecht, died in 2006.

Tony Scott Left List of People to Notify After Suicide

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Tony Scott arrives at the “Unstoppable” premiere on October 26, 2010 in Westwood, California.

Police found a list of names and phone numbers in Tony Scott‘s car after he committed suicide … names of people the famous director wanted to posthumously inform he killed himself.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … investigators have characterized the note as a “contact list.”  Our sources say it’s clear … the list was left by Scott so certain people would quickly know he jumped to his death.

A second note — a suicide note — was found in Scott’s office.  We’re told that note was far more detailed about the reason the director took his life.  The contact list was essentially just names and phone numbers.


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‘Top Gun’ Director Tony Scott Had Inoperable Brain Cancer

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British-born director Scott on the set of his film “Man On Fire” in Mexico City in 2003.

Tony Scott, director of “Top Gun,” “Days of Thunder” and “Crimson Tide,” had inoperable brain cancer, a source close to him told ABC News.

The famed director died Sunday after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles, authorities said.

Police said they received a 911 call at about 12:30 p.m. that an individual had jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge. The body was recovered around 3 p.m., when it was identified by authorities as Scott, according to Lt. Joseph Bale of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today.

The Coroner’s Office found several notes to loved ones in Scott’s car, a spokesman told The Associated Press. A suicide note was later found at his office, according to the AP.

“I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time,” Scott’s spokesman, Simon Halls, said in a statement, according to the AP.


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Marvin Hamlisch dies: Performer, conductor composed ‘The Way We Were’ and ‘A Chorus Line’

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Marvin Hamlisch, who composed or arranged the scores for dozens of movies including “The Sting,” and the Broadway smash “A Chorus Line,” has died in Los Angeles. He was 68. Here, he conducts the NSO in 2000.

He was one singular sensation.

At 6, Marvin Hamlisch became one of the youngest students ever admitted to the prestigious Juilliard music school in New York. He wrote his first pop hit at 16. He went on to write everything heard everywhere, or so it seemed in the 1970s and early 1980s when he established himself as a dominant force in Hollywood and on Broadway.

Besides “A Chorus Line” — one of the most enduring stage musicals of all time — Mr. Hamlisch’s movie portfolio included the inspired revival of Scott Joplin’s jaunty ragtime music for “The Sting,” the sweepingly romantic theme for “The Way We Were” and the sensuous ballad “Nobody Does It Better” for the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me.” He also wrote music for two early Woody Allen comedies and the score for the Holocaust drama “Sophie’s Choice.”

Mr. Hamlisch, who died Monday at 68 in Los Angeles of undisclosed causes, was one of the most ubiquitous show-business personalities of his generation. He toured the country playing the piano and warbling for decades, including as a musical accompanist and straight man for comedian Groucho Marx in the early 1970s.

He was principal pops conductor at a half-dozen symphony orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington from 2000 to 2011 and again as recently as last month for a concert date.

Mr. Hamlisch was the somber-looking, bespectacled pinup of a nerdy girl’s dreams, sending Gilda Radner as her “Saturday Night Live” character Lisa Loopner into spasms of awkward ecstasy.

Mr. Hamlisch could get a little cocky. He created a musical high-wire act called “rent-a-composer,” in which he composed instant songs to titles called out by audience members. “I can make a song up about anything: garbage, the weather, things in the news,” he once said.

He could afford to be a little cocky. His awards haul included the Pulitzer Prize, the Oscar, the Tony, the Emmy and the Grammy. He achieved an Academy Awards hat trick in 1974, winning in three music categories — score adaptation (“The Sting”), best original dramatic score (“The Way We Were”) and best song (“The Way We Were,”with the lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman).

On his third trip to the podium, Mr. Hamlisch quipped to the Oscar-night crowd, “I think we can now talk to each other as friends.”

It was the sort of self-effacing gab that made him a frequent talk show guest. Along with John Williams, Mr. Hamlisch was one of the few composers who enjoyed a public profile that made him instantly recognizable to much of the general public.

His music for “The Sting” — helped by a first-rate movie starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as Depression-era con men who try to cheat a gangster — was often credited with reviving Joplin from near-obscurity. Mr. Hamlisch’s recordings of Joplin songs, including “The Entertainer,” sold millions of copies.

On first hearing, Joplin may have sounded anachronistic on “The Sting” soundtrack. His turn-of-the-century rags were no one’s idea of contemporary music by the 1930s — the setting for the film. But it established a playful mood essential for director George Roy Hill’s romp.

SOURCE: The Washington Post

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Dusty Springfield Drama Set to Premiere at the L.A. Shorts Film Festival

Set in 1970, “The Soul of Blue Eye” tells the story of Dusty Springfield’s decision to record her Platinum selling hit Son of a Preacher Man for Atlantic Records, and the struggles she had as a white gay woman singing black soul music during the tumultuous 1960’s. Besides having a hit show, “It Must Be Dusty” in […]

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